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Related to camass: Camassia leichtlinii
cam·asor cam·ass (kăm′əs)
1. Any of several plants of the genus Camassia, especially C. quamash of western North America, having grasslike leaves, a raceme of blue flowers, and a bulb that has traditionally been an important food for various Native American peoples. Also called quamash.
2. Death camas.
[Nez Perce qém'es, qém'eš.]
1. (Plants) Also called: quamash any of several North American plants of the liliaceous genus Camassia, esp C. quamash, which has a cluster of blue or white flowers and a sweet edible bulb
2. (Plants) death camass any liliaceous plant of the genus Zygadenus (or Zigadenus), of the western US, that is poisonous to livestock, esp sheep
[C19: from Chinook Jargon kamass, from Nootka chamas sweet]
or cam•as(ˈkæm əs)
1. any of several plants of the genus Camassia, of the lily family, esp. C. quamash, of W North America, having long clusters of blue to white flowers and edible bulbs.
[1795–1805, Amer.; < Chinook Jargon]
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|Noun||1.||camass - any of several plants of the genus Camassia; North and South America|
liliaceous plant - plant growing from a bulb or corm or rhizome or tuber
Camassia, genus Camassia, genus Quamassia, Quamassia - genus of scapose herbs of North and South America having large edible bulbs
Camassia quamash, common camas - plant having a large edible bulb and linear basal leaves and racemes of light to deep violet-blue star-shaped flowers on tall green scapes; western North America